stuartp wrote:... the one large manufacturer's forum banned any discussion of anything other than its own products.
I never understand that one. There are countless discussions on there with cryptic references to "The blue box company" as if to speak its name is blasphemy or something. I thought Hornby had dropped their silly "Buy everything from us, you don't need anyone else" isolationism years ago. Rather, they should be accepting that there are others out there who make things they don't, and where they do, they should be looking into making competitive products and also coexisting and maybe directing their attentions at something the "Blue Box Co" doesn't make. Instead they choose to ban all discussion on the subject.